Stay in Tune Vol.# 12
By Luthier Patrick Podpadec
Well were back again! I always love it when someone comes into my shop and has a project or an idea for an instrument. Sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t. . Sometimes the thing that the customer is asking me to do cannot be performed on the instrument in question. It would be easier for me to build another instrument instead of reconfiguring the old one. Such is the case with my latest endeavor. But since I’m the one who likes a challenge, I guess I will have to suck it up and start to look outside the box on this one.
Before I go I wanted to add a little follow up to the last article I wrote about the guitar that I am starting for a guitar show down in Miami Florida in April. So far I have started the blueprint for the guitar. Some people would do this on a cad program on the computer ,but I prefer to do it the old fashion way of a full size mechanical drawing. It gives me the opportunity to make all my mistakes on paper first and gives me a good feel of what looks right in the proper dimensions. As I mentioned in the last article I will be using a very nice set of East Indian Rosewood for the back and sides and a laminated neck made from birdseye maple with a rosewood strip in the middle. I’m going to use Sperzel tuners. (did you know there made in Cleveland?). So far I’m leaning towards using a black ebony fingerboard with a matching bridge. I’m not yet determined the purfling layout yet, but I’m set on using some blue in there somewhere. The binding will most likely be curly maple. I will be using a high gloss nitrocellouse lacquer finish . Well , wish me luck and I will wish you some back ! Thanks again for reading .Till Next Time!
Patrick from Wood-n- Strings